A joint report with Rathbone Greenbank Investments
Throughout the summer of 2013, we met with senior representatives from six of the UK’s
leading retail banks including Barclays, HSBC, and RBS to review the five key challenges facing
the banking sector today, namely:
- Regulatory action and culture change
- Tax policy and practices
- Social and environmental risks in project and corporate finance activities
- Regional lending
- Access to finance
The aim of our latest report The Banks and Society: Trust Rebuilt? is to provide a snapshot of performance across the five areas, in order to inform debate and provide a foundation for interested stakeholders wishing to understand the issues or engage with the banks themselves.
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Other ECCR Reports
ECCR's Executive Director John Arnold was quoted in US partner ICCR's press release following ECCR's endorsement of their Statement of Principles and Recommended Practices for Confronting Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery publicised on International Human Rights Day (10 December 2013).
ECCR has joined with Quaker Peace and Social Witness to provide a new website Your Faith Your Finance to help people and churches consider the ethical questions around what to do with their money, providing information and resources to help decision-making.
ECCR together with partners UKSIF and CCLA have produced a comprehesive range of ethical investment worship resources for churches . Read more & download resources.
ECCR held a lively and informative Open Debate on this issue in National Ethical Investment Week 2013. Read more and download debate report.
ECCR partnered with Cardiff University Business School, CCLA, the Church in Wales, Fair Trade Wales and Shared Interest to offer this conference for National Ethical Investment Week 2013. Read more and download conference report.
This briefing, produced with support of CCLA, discusses concerns that exposure to pornography can have a detrimental impact on children. It highlights what FTSE 100 telecommunications companies are already doing to safeguard children and suggests the next steps they might take.
ECCR recommendations affirmed by Banking Commission
The Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards has effectively endorsed many of the recommendations made by ECCR's 2011 Banks and Society report. Read more.
John Arnold, ECCR Executive Director, offers his perspective on the Round Table discussions and launch of the FPIC Advocacy Paper.
In the two years since ECCR published the report Hotel, Sex Trafficking and London 2012, two FTSE listed hotel companies have taken significant steps to address this crime.
The Publish What You Pay (PWYP) coalition, of which ECCR is a member, and Friends of the Earth Europe recently launched a high-profile advert in the Financial Times urging key European decision makers to adopt strong oil, gas, mining and logging transparency laws in the face of fierce opposition from the oil industry.